Two points clear at the top and with at least one game in hand of all their rivals , bookmakers have now made Man Utd odds on to win the Premier League with less than half the season gone .
United made easy work of beating an under strength Sunderland team on Boxing Day but have so far played ten of their seventeen Premier League games at “fortress” Old Trafford winning nine of them . Their away form however has been very patchy and they have won only one in seven away games . Alex Ferguson will take his team to St Andrews tonight to play Birmingham with the club in the best Christmas position for a number of years .
However this is the most open Premier League title race in years and United are too short now in the betting . They will face stiff challenge from local rivals Manchester City as well as Arsenal and Spurs .
Chelsea however are very difficult to fancy now . Without a win in six games Carlo Ancelotti’s team have not been the force of last season since the sacking of Ray Wilkins and it is hard to see how they can turn the season around again .
London based bookie Extrabet offer 11/1 Man City to win the Premier League and this rates as exceptional value given that City boast the Premier League’s top striker at the moment in Carlos Tevez . City have won six out of ten away from home this year and should have secured top spot over Christmas but were denied by the woodwork and last ditch defending in a desperately one sided game against Everton .
Roberto Mancini will be given more money to spend in the January transfer window and City will push Manchester United all the way to the end of the season . City can also be backed each way with Bet365 who offer 1/3 odds 1-2 , which pays over 3/1 for City to finish second .
Enigmatic Arsenal have the quality to win the title and still remain the best passing team in the league but at odds of 4/1 make less appeal .